|Freeliving marine nematodes of Antarctica: a current appraisal|
Platt, H.M. (1979). Freeliving marine nematodes of Antarctica: a current appraisal. Ann. Soc. R. Zool. Bel. 108(1-2): 93-101
In: Annales de la Société Royale Zoologique de Belgique = Annalen van de Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Dierkunde. Société Royale Zoologique de Belgique: Bruxelles. ISSN 0771-5528, more
Early studies of marine nematodes from Antarctic waters, based on collections made by various national expeditions between 1882 and 1931, were primarily descriptive in nature and specimens were often poorly preserved and unrepresentative of the total fauna. Emanating from broader-based approaches to problems of life in low-temperature environments, new and more comprehensive collections have recently been made. In the Atlantic sector of the Antarctic Ocean, material from shallow sublittoral areas in South Georgia and the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsida have been obtained by diving and by grab-sampling in deeper waters off South Georgia and in the Weddell Sea. The new material should enable some of the earlier descriptions to be improved in addition to providing new information. It is suggested that detailed studies of nematode communities could provide a valuable method of addressing some of the classical aspects of Antarctic biology.